Youth Media Website locks horns with Mail Online

An interior view of the offices of the Daily Mail and Mail Online

An interior view of the offices of the Daily Mail and Mail Online

It’s not all “jam and honey” being a trainee journalist – but it seems that quite a few can’t stand having to “cut and paste.”

So much so that their objections have created a media storm of their own.

The Tab, one of the biggest youth media websites in Britain, in an article complaining about the workplace culture at the biggest English-language newspaper website in the world, claims that ten of the 16 graduate trainees who joined the Mail Online’s graduate scheme last year have already left.

The Tab quoted one un-named trainee as saying: “What you actually do all day is take an article from a news agency, and copy and paste it over to your article, and then add bullet points and captions. That’s about it really.

“You’re given an hour to do an article. They expect eight stories a day.”

Another former employee was quoted as saying: “On the grad scheme you get the shit shifts. You will work through the weekend, a lot of us were working nights, 5pm-2am, Friday to Tuesday, or Thursday to Monday.”

Now Mail Online has hit back, accusing The Tab of a “hatchet job.”

A Mail Online spokesperson said that it “makes no apologies for being a demanding place to work”.

“Each year Mail Online offers recent journalism graduates placements in its trainee programme, giving them the unique opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in journalism.

“This is a robust and demanding programme that sets them up for success as journalists at both Mail Online and throughout their career.

“Trainees are advised that this programme will be both extensive and exhaustive and that a website that reports the news 24 hours per day, seven days a week will involve working weekend and evening shifts.

“We have high standards which is why we are the biggest English-language newspaper website in the world and why our alumni populate the higher echelons of many other leading news and entertainment websites, both in the UK and US, and why our model has been imitated multiple times but never equalled.”